This is one of Don Jenkin's favorite units to teach because it is very relevant to students' lives and they enjoy discussing issues relevant to the Constitution. This is a no prep unit. I have numbered the assignments in the approximate order that I teach them in.
1. 31 Warm Ups: Daily entry questions which are usually higher level and thought provoking. Good for beginning discussions.
2. 15 Statements Anticipation Guide: Good for assessing what students know.
3. Political Ideology Survey: Helps students understand what a conservative and liberal is and where they may fall in the spectrum.
4. Slavery and the Constitution: A couple brief readings and a few questions concerning slavery in the Constitution.
5. Thomas Jefferson letter to Alexander Donald and a few comprehension questions to answer.
6. Basic Constitution Questions: Students use the Constitution to learn some of the basics of the Constitution.
7. Constitutional Convention and slavery reading and questions.
8. Democratic Ideals PowerPoint.
9. Interpreting Statistics: Students use a complete charts to learn about and discuss the backgrounds of the people at the Convention.
10. Goals of the Constitution Drawings. Students draw and explain the different goals of the Constitution found in the preamble.
11. How A Bill Becomes A law PowerPoint.
12. Mock Congress: Propose A Law: Fun 3-4 day activity where students come up with an idea for a law, propose it to the class, discuss and vote on it in committee, and vote on it the full house and senate. Students role play representatives, senators, and The President.
13. How A Bill Becomes A Law Quiz.
14. Electoral College Map and Questions.
15. Amending the Constitution PowerPoint
16. Amendments WS and answers. Students read scenarios and decide which amendment deals with that scenario.
17. Bill of Rights Package: Court cases and discussion questions which go along with the Bill of Rights....many of the cases deal with students' rights.
18. Fun Review Game
19. Test: 25 multiple choice and a few short answer.
20. Constitutional Issues Research Project: Students choose an issue and research it.
21. Constitutional Convention Project: Students analyze the NJ and Virginia Plan, and using facts decide which party they would join.
22. Project Citizen: 2-3 week Citizen Project where students choose an issue, come up with a solution, and present it to a person in power